According to the company, Apple’s next major fall event will be Tuesday, September 14th, at 1 PM ET. The event, which carries the tagline “California streaming,” will be another virtual event broadcast from Apple Park.
The company typically announces the year’s new iPhones at the fall event, and this year’s entry is expected to be called the iPhone 13. The new series of phones will come in the exact sizes as the iPhone 12, but a headline feature for some models could be high refresh rate screens, finally delivering tech that has been available on many Android phones. The new phones are also expected to have smaller display notches and improved cameras.
Apple’s static invite is challenging to interpret, but the darkening sky could suggest that we will see better night mode photography. Perhaps the glowing Apple logo may hint at an iPhone’s always-on lock screen.
A video from Greg Joswiak, Apple’s SVP of worldwide marketing, has a bit more to analyze. The video is inside an AR Apple logo. You can also see the same horizon in the static invite. The perspective changes to focus on the stars higher up, eventually. This could indicate that the new iPhone may have an astrophotography feature, similar to what Google offers with certain Pixel phones. Apple could also discuss rumored satellite links features for iPhones.
You can view the Apple logo’s landscape from your iOS device if you have an iOS device. On Apple’s event site, tap on the event logo, and the glowy AR Apple event logo will render in the world around you. You can “through” the logo and see the virtual landscape, night sky, as well as date. Check it out in this tweet from Guilherme Rambo:
If Apple reveals the next iPhone at the event as expected, it seems likely the company will also share a release date for iOS 15. We already know that one of its most prominent features, SharePlay, won’t be included in the initial public release of the software.
Apple may also be exhibiting other projects at the event. The next Apple Watch, reportedly called the Apple Watch Series 7, is rumored to have a new design with flatter edges and larger 41mm and 45mm screens, a 1mm bump from the Series 6. (Though, the new Watch is reportedly facing manufacturing issues that could lead to delays.) Apple’s next entry-level AirPods may have a unique design that takes cues from the AirPods Pro. New 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros equipped with the company’s custom-designed chips and an SD card slot are also rumored to be on the way.
Apple has had a difficult few weeks. The company delayed controversial child protection features after intense criticism from privacy and security experts. Apple has made some minor changes to its App Store policies, but they do not address the concerns of developers. We could see profound changes to how Apple operates with the proposed legislation in several countries, the increased regulatory scrutiny, and the imminent verdict in Epic Games v. Apple.